The Ultimate Guide to Pinterest Part 4: Have Some Etiquette

Just as all social media networks have some sort of etiquette for using their site, Pinterest and its users expect some common etiquette tips, too. Check out these simple tips and bring something to the Pinterest game.

Avoid TOO much self-promotion
I know, I know we’ve been talking all about promoting your small business via Pinterest. While it’s great to share your content with the Pinterest community, it’s more important to create great information that others will want to share.

Don’t be one of those people that only shares and pins their own images. There is a lot of fun content in your industry and others that can be shared. You need a balance of your own images and others.

Going along with over promoting you and your business, interacting with others and their content is a great way to do this. Comment on others pins, repin their images and have fun with the Pinterest community.

Tell ‘em where you found it
Always make sure to include a link back to the original source. Let’s say you search for an image of a cat in Google images. Click on the photo and you’ll find it’s original source. Link back to the original site, not Google images.

If you find a pin that isn’t sourced properly, just leave a comment so the original person pinning can update it.

Be respectful
Common sense? Yes. Are people really still mean? Yes. Just be respectful. Don’t post hateful comments or images with nudity. Pinterest is a creative social networking site and everyone is entitled to post.

Implement these few, simple tips to be a beneficial building block in the Pinterest community. Stay tuned next week for the age old question: “How do I get followers on Pinterest?”

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About Laura Roeder

Laura Roeder is a social media marketing expert who gives businesses of all sizes the tools they need to make their mark on the web. She is the creator of the social media scheduling software Edgar, as well as social media marketing web courses like Creating Fame and Social Brilliant.


  1. I totally agree in too much self-promotion and I also believe that you have to be more interactive with your customers and not just talk about yourself. All of these tips are great for anyone starting out with Pinterest. Thanks for the article!